New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Kentucky remained a unanimous choice as the top-ranked team in men's college basketball and Virginia moved back ahead of Gonzaga for the No. 2 spot in the latest Associated Press poll.
Kentucky is the lone unbeaten team in Division I men's basketball and is an undisputed top choice for the second straight week. The Wildcats, who were also a unanimous pick for five weeks from December through early January, again received all 65 first-place votes and a total of 1,625 points from a nationwide media panel.
Virginia, which slipped to No. 3 behind Gonzaga last week after suffering its first loss of the season against Duke, again moved ahead of the Bulldogs. The Cavaliers followed that Jan. 31 loss against the Blue Devils with impressive wins at North Carolina and at home against Louisville this past week.
Gonzaga is followed by Duke, Wisconsin, Villanova, Arizona, Kansas, Louisville and Notre Dame. Villanova and Arizona swapped places, as Arizona lost to Arizona State in its lone game last week.
The second 10 consists of Utah, North Carolina, Northern Iowa, Iowa State, Wichita State, Baylor, Oklahoma, Butler, Maryland and VCU. Oklahoma and Butler each moved up four spots from last week.
Oklahoma State, West Virginia, Ohio State, Arkansas and SMU are the last five teams ranked this week. West Virginia had the biggest drop within the poll, falling six spots from 15th after consecutive blowout losses to Oklahoma and Baylor last week.
This week's newcomers are Oklahoma State and Arkansas, although both were ranked earlier this season.
Texas and Georgetown each dropped out. The Longhorns were 25th and split two games last week, while the Hoyas were 24th and were beaten twice.
This week's schedule features only a few ranked matchups, mostly from the Big 12. On Monday, Oklahoma State and Baylor meet in Waco and Iowa State heads to Oklahoma. On Saturday, Kansas will host Baylor and West Virginia will visit Iowa State. Also Saturday, Villanova travels to Butler in the Big East.